Intellectual Quotes

I’m not an intellectual in any sense, I have constraints of erudition. I’m not able to deal with things outside my ken, and that makes me irritable. I’m irritable about the fact that I never went to university.

Intellects whose desires have outstripped their understanding.

It’s the understanding of this intellectual idea that’s fundamental. John looks at the motorcycle and he sees steel in various shapes and has negative feelings about these steel shapes and turns off the whole thing. I look at the shapes of the steel now and I see ideas. He thinks I’m working on parts. I’m […]

A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an “intellectual”, find out how he feels about astrology.

Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.

A highbrow is the kind of person who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.

American politics are deeply contradictory of course, but anti-intellectualism is the common strain. This includes a deep suspicion of anything that isn’t simple, fundamental, traditional, down-to-earth and “American” in the ideological sense, and can be exploited easily by demagogues and cynical politicians of the right.

To the intellectual, America’s unforgivable sin is that it has revolutions without revolutionaries, and achieves the momentous in a matter-of-fact way.

Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched.

The intellectuals and the young, booted and spurred, feel themselves born to ride us.